Stelis planipetala Ames 1938 SECTION Stelis

Photo by Karl Senghas

Type Sheet

Type Sheet by Oakes Ames

Common Name The Flat Petal Stelis

Flower Size

Found in Costa Rica on mossy tree trunks at elevations around 1130 meters as a small sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptic-lanceolate, subacute, tridenticulate, attenuate below into the short, sulcate, petiolate base leaf that blooms on an erect, arising through a spathe, subsecund, to 6.8" [17 cm] long including the 3.2" [8 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with cucullate, acuminate, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying pale green flowers.

Identified b y its narrow leaveds, its long congested inflorescence, the thin flate petals and the deeply saccate lip." O Duque 2008


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Bot. Mus. Leafl. 6: 13 Ames 1938 drawing fide;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide;